So you have a few thousand Lego bricks and want to organize them. Where do you start?
The most common approach is dump them all out on a large surface, get a few storage containers, and sort by color. This works for storing the bricks but has some shortfalls.
- Not efficient if you actually want to build anything with what you have in inventory.
- New bricks (new to the collections and/or new styles of bricks) will just get lost in the mesh
- If you want to build something and you go searching for a specific part, it will be much easier to locate, e.g. finding a grey 2x1 plate will be easier to find in a mess of other 2x1 plates than in a bin of all grey parts.
- Boring and unimaginative
I use these categories (You can rearrange these as you see fit, but my biggest piece of advice is be consistent.):
- combined plates and tiles (separate them later, for now keep them together), any shape as long as it is the 1/3 height
- move anything larger than 4x4 (16 studs) to a separate bin, these take up a lot of space.
- Bricks (anything 1 block high and all right angles is a brick, even if it has decor on it
- unless it is a technic
- Slopes, any brick that changes direction from top to bottom of the brick is a slope, this includes arches
- unless it is a windshield or wheel well
- SNOT, anything where the studs are in weird places and/or on more than one side, plus things like hinges, fences
- lots of exceptions here
- decorations, this is broad and includes plants, minifigs, any items designed to be held by a minifig, flags, signs, and many things I am unsure where else to put. For whatever reason I also put anything designed to clip together in here
- technic, anything intended to be part of a moving assembly that has the ability to connect in non-stud ways
- vehicle chassis and parts, boat parts, wheels, tires, wheel wells, motorcycles, cranes, winches, forklifts, etc
- Large items: walls, windows, doors, bricks that are more than 1 brick high, windshields, canopies